Hats fly as students celebrate graduating from Chichester University

Hats were flying around the cathedral for the postgraduate ceremony.

Thursday, 18th October 2018, 5:29 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th October 2018, 7:05 pm
Hannah Cureton with Jason Ryall

Postgraduate students from Chichester University celebrated their years of hard work and dedication at Chichester Cathedral this afternoon.

Vice-chancellor Professor Jane Longmore said: “Graduation is rightly seen as a celebration of achievement and the triumphant end of an important phase in our students’ lives.

“I hope that this ceremony will also mark a beginning, in that they will take with them not just happy memories of their time at Chichester but a quest for knowledge and the gift of friendship that will last a lifetime.”

Matt Jackson and Liam Welch

Hannah Cureton, who has graduated with a masters degree in sport performance analysis, said: “I have been at university for four years altogether but only one year for my masters.”When asked about her plans post graduation, she said: “I have started an internship in London at Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club, working with Kate Richard-Walsh.”

Hannah explained that she hopes to use freelance work to run her own business and hopefully work towards Olympic level.

The lone, biomechanics graduate, Jason Ryall, said: “I started as an undergraduate in 2013 and I took a year out before starting my postgraduate degree.

“Now I have finished, I am just winging it for the moment and waiting for an offer from someone.

“The biomechanics field is very niche and employers prefer three or four years of experience - which isn’t possible straight out of university.”

Samuel Barr, walked out with a masters degree in sports and exercise physiology. He said: “The ceremony was really nice and informative.

“I ideally would like to be a professional sports scientist, but I would have to get some extra experience first.”

Matt Jackson and Liam Welch, both finished university with a masters degree in strength and conditioning.

Matt explained that he is planning on going to work at Surrey University. While Liam is off to Epsom College to work for a year.

Today’s celebrations brought some honoured faces to the ceremonies, including: Hope Powell CBE and Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE.

Professor Jane Longmore added: “A degree is much more than just a measure of educational attainment, it is a test of character, of resilience, of determination and creativity.

“I hope each student will take into the outside world the sense of pride they feel at graduation, the self-belief that has been nurtured in the course of your studies, and the qualities of tolerance, respect, and curiosity that are at the cultural core of all universities.”